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Apr 3, 2011 05:15 AM

Need new Chapel Hill weekday lunch ideas

I'm hoping some of your great palates have scoped out something I haven't thought of. I enjoy sandwich, kitchen but need something else for a foodie - included lunch. Love Saxpahaw GS but too far for this time. Thoughts?

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  1. Glasshalful? Panzanella? I think Queen of Sheba is open the latter half of the week for lunch. Butternut Squash?

    101 E Weaver St, Carrboro, NC 27510

    Queen of Sheba's
    1129 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    Butternut Squash Restaurant
    Chapel Hill, NC, Chapel Hill, NC

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    1. re: LulusMom

      Thanks! I somehow always forget abt Glass HF. It's perfect for this.

      1. re: LulusMom

        Kitchen is open for lunch Tues-Sat.

        1. re: durhamois

          I've had two very good meals at Kitchen recently. Love the duck breast they've added to the dinner menu.

          1. re: LulusMom

            I'm a fan too but it was ruled out by a member of the grp cuz she'd been so often recently. Poor her!

            1. re: anythingbutlimabeans

              Vimala's, if I ate lunch it would be there for sure. She has fab chai & coffee masala.

              1. re: Rory

                Neal's Deli? (Seating is extremely limited.)

                Neal's Deli
                100 E Main St Ste C, Carrboro, NC 27510

                1. re: photai

                  Thanks to all Vimala's and Neal's are great ideas; seating may make them not work for this but yum!

                  1. re: anythingbutlimabeans

                    Glasshalfull and Vimala's are the two best suggestions so far. I've had some truly excellent lunches at Jujube. My wife brought home a bahn mi from Jujube recently that was amazing.

                    On the lower end, how about Gourmet Kingdom, Red Lotus, or that new Thai place on 54? What about a trip to a taco truck? The Captain Poncho truck parks in front of the Jiffy Lube diagonally across from Crooks Corner.

                    Also, Tyler's has a surprisingly good menu. The Pig is another fine choice. Also, what about Allen & Son?

                    106 S Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510

                    Gourmet Kingdom
                    301 E Main St, Carrboro, NC 27510

                    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                      Captain Poncho left a couple of months ago after the construction work was done nearby. Too bad Chapel Hill makes it illegal for food trucks to park near the big new development on 140 West Frnaklin.

                      1. re: ucctgg

                        Captain Poncho is still there, on the Carrboro side of Merritt Mill, diagonal from Crook's like Tom said. I see the truck there most evenings on my way home from the gym.

                        1. re: mpjmph

                          And I see it fairly often in the mornings.

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            Vimala's has courtyard seating & last Thursday they opened into another room, feel free to ask them. Glad you like it.

                            1. re: Rory

                              Lulu and I went for lunch last week (and got to meet the enviably charming cervisiam). I liked the food, but I found the way they serve the masala dosa a bit irritating (with the wrapper already made but empty, and the stuffings on the side. I asked my husband, who has great knowledge of Indian cuisine, if this was just me being cranky and he said that it was very unusual to have it served that way. But still, everything tasted really good. Must remember to ask for the pickles on the side next time.

                              1. re: LulusMom

                                You are right, it's always stuffed inside. I suspect they put it on the side because then they don't have to provide as much of it. I guess it's necessary due to their higher food costs of using local grown ingredients? That said I bet if you asked for some more they would provide it, or charge a nominal fee.

                                1. re: bbqme

                                  It isn't that I want more, I just don't want to be the one who has to try stuffing it on that awkward plate (on a small table). Maybe if I asked them to do that they would? I liked the food very much, but probably wouldn't get that again just because of how much work it was. And I'd be happy to pay for them doing the labor.

                          2. re: mpjmph

                            I was just saying Poncho is not from Crook's Corner anymore.

                            Crook's Corner
                            610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

              2. re: LulusMom

                Had a very nice lunch at Kitchen this week. Totally different menu from the dinner one, but still good. Would happily go back again. Lulu got a burger that had an incredible beef flavor; I'm not a big meat eater and even I loved the taste. A nod and a wink to the wonderful chowhound who joined us.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  It was a FABULOUS experience all the way around! I had the (Lulu's Mom, correct me if I am wrong with the ingredients), but the gougère with chicken and mushrooms. Yum-O! I'm telling you, LuLu's burger though looked outstanding. And here I was trying to be ladylike with my girls eating a dainty entrée. Next time I am ordering the gougère and the burger. The vino wasn't that bad either! ;-)

          2. Have you had a BLT from Merritt's Store?

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            1. re: LindyD

              yes- love the blt's but not for this group (ambience). Took up Rory (above) on her note reminding me of courtyard seating since it turned out to be a nice day. Yummy and well-received. Thanks all!

              1. re: anythingbutlimabeans

                Tried but True:
                The Sienna
                The Weathervane

                1. re: LindyD

                  I've only ever been to the Sienna for brunch and was seriously underwhelmed. But I keep thinking about going back for dinner. What do you love there? What are the best things? How is the ambiance (it was horrible at brunch)?

                  1. re: LulusMom

                    I like the total experience: driving up to the beautiful building, entering the lobby, being seated - all very elegant. They have a very good chef who uses quality ingredients. I had a fried zuchinni flower that was amazing. The restaurant area is pretty and the wait staff is excellent. It is quiet and very conducive to intimate conversation. If you go at lunch you have the opportunity to have their great food at a price not as high as dinner.

                    1. re: LulusMom

                      I use to like their $45 mimosa brunch when Anile was the chef.. I've not been back since Rose has taken over.

              2. You have to try the wings at Kildaire's Irish Pub. They are baked, fried, and then finished on the grill with this sweet and spicy glaze. So it remains tender from mainly being baked but also the crispy exterior from being fried and the slight char/smokiness of being grilled. Not your typical buffalo wings-- sometimes all that vinegar from the hot sauce and the greasiness of butter/margarine gets to be a bit much.

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                1. re: bbqme

                  We've been a few times, and the food has been good one time, just so-so the next (haven't had the wings - will next time). My problem is that it is SO loud. It's a fairly nice place to sit and have a drink (especially on Sundays - half price drinks, I think? or at least drafts) aside from the noise.

                2. What about Crook's Atrium? I'd recommend it but haven't been.

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                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    I highly recommend Crook's Atrium for lunch. The food is great and you have the opportunity to sit in that unique atrium area while having your meal. This is one of my favorite lunch places in all of Chapel Hill.

                  2. Mediterranean Deli and Los Potrillos are casual but really good Middle Eastern and Mexican food respectively. I also like Tyler's in Carrboro and Jujube's on 54.

                    Mediterranean Deli
                    410 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

                    Los Potrillos
                    1404 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

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